Mistrial for man charged with threatening congressman's kids

Jurors have failed to reach a verdict for a Florida man charged with threatening to kill the children of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast

MIAMI -- Jurors have failed to reach a verdict for a Florida man charged with threatening to kill the children of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that a federal judge in Miami declared a mistrial Thursday for 68-year-old Laurence Key. The Stuart man had been charged with communicating a threat to kidnap or injure a person.

Authorities say Key had contacted Mast's office 478 times before.

It wasn't clear if the U.S. Attorney's Office would seek a new trial for Key.

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Information from: The Stuart (Fla.) News, http://www.tcpalm.com